Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, and “what Hollywood does to women”.

“I like the way you phrase that, that I finally got to work with Meryl Streep,” Stone replied. “You didn’t say, ‘Meryl finally got to work with Sharon Stone.’ Or we finally got to work together.”

And herein lies her argument.

According to Stone, women actors have been taught that they can’t all have a seat at the table, that once one “queen” has been ‘chosen’, that ought to be enough. This monarchical structure then ensures that there’s one person the rest are compared
to, pitted against.

“The business was set up that we should all envy and admire Meryl because only Meryl got to be the good one. And everyone should compete against Meryl,” Stone said.

“I think Meryl is an amazingly wonderful woman and actress. But in my opinion, quite frankly, there are other actresses equally as talented as Meryl Streep [she later referenced Viola Davis, Emma Thompson Judy Davis, Olivia Colman and Kate Winslet].
The whole Meryl Streep iconography is part of what Hollywood does to women.”

Again, it’s not about Streep.

In her memoir, Stone argues that this structure has long been used to “bind women of our and past generations”.

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“It was put to us that there could be room for only one; that the only thing we might have in common was some man we might both want, have had or be interested in having; that our competitiveness was something we could share, but only that,” she wrote.